Muslim body urges Sweden to punish cartoonist

A Muslim organization has urged Sweden to punish a cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed in a negative way, news reports said Sunday.

Muslim body urges Sweden to punish cartoonist
A Muslim organization has urged Sweden to punish a cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed in a negative way, news reports said Sunday.

The Mecca-based Muslim World League (MWL) urged Sweden Saturday to punish the newspaper Nerikes Allehanda for publishing the cartoon, the Saudi English-language newspaper Arab News reported.

The newspaper quoted the secretary-general of the MWL, Abdullah al-Turki as saying such cartoons would "harm relations between various religious communities and cultures."

The cartoon has sparked anger among Muslims who are demanding an apology from the newspaper and urging Sweden to prevent its further publication.

Al-Turki called on Muslims to show restraint, open a dialogue with other cultures and adopt a positive approach to win the hearts of non-Muslims.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference, which includes 57 Muslim states, has also condemned the cartoon and urged Sweden to punish the newspaper. It however also called on Muslims to remain calm.

DPA
Last Mod: 10 Eylül 2007, 12:29
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